A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I've Been Shredded

I heard Pam mention the other day that she picked up Jillian's 30 Day Shred for only $9 at Walmart.  Sounded like a deal I couldn't pass up, so I went out and got it this weekend, too.  LOVE IT, in a painfully shredded sort of way.

It's got 3 different 20 minute workouts on it, and I haven't even looked at 2 and 3 yet.  Why bother when she's killing me with the first one.  I did it for the first time last night, and for the 2nd time tonight.  WOW.  I'm not very coordinated so the jumping jacks have me feeling retarded.  And I haven't worn my girdle yet while doing it, so the loud, mocking slapping noises of my humongous stomach is a bit unnerving.  But what the hell....I'm doing it at home alone where nobody can see or hear me, so I say let the fat fly!

I was completely shocked that after only a 20 minute workout, I'm sweating 10x more than when I do 2 miles on the elliptical.  Really shocked.  And my workouts at the gym, with the elliptical and all of the weight machines, take 1 1/2 hours.  I'm much more sore after this 20 minute workout than I am on a normal gym day.  It's really got me wondering what the hell I'm doing wrong at the gym.  I obviously need to raise the weight that I'm lifting on the machines or something, because this hurts way worse.  My muscles are twitching and quivering and this is the feeling I've been yearning for at the gym and haven't quite been able to achieve.  I'm obviously not working hard enough.  That will change.

I met Billie at the gym yesterday for our normal workout and then did the DVD last night for a little added "fun".  Today our schedules didn't match up, so instead of going to the gym by myself, I took Scarlette for a 2 mile walk at the park this morning.  Then did the DVD again tonight.  Not being able to get to the gym consistently with Billie is going to screw with the progress of shrinking the bat wings.  The trainer showed us 3 exercises to do (he said you need to do all 3 to get the results I'm looking for), and 2 out of the 3 require 2 people to do them, because they're presses and nosebreakers that have to be done with a barbell.  You're not allowed to use the barbells w/o a partner because, well, they don't want you to break your nose.

I've got some free weights here at home that I'll be doing some tricep exercises with, but the highest weight I've got is 10 lbs, and I lift so much more than that on the weight machines at the gym, that I just don't think they're going to be very effective.  For instance, there's one machine on the circuit that is "supposed" to help with the triceps, but I think it's more for the shoulders.  I'm pressing 90 lbs on that machine, so 10 lbs. in free weights just ain't gonna' cut it.  I'm probably going to check out Play It Again Sports and see if I can find a 20 lb-30 lb. weights for some bat wing work at home.

No restaurant eating Fri, Sat or today...yay!  Very proud of that.  And it's funny how hard it is NOT to do it after I was on a roll there for a week.  Shane and Billie go out every Friday and Saturday.  And Dwayne wants to take me out once a week just to get me out of the house because I spend most of my time alone.  So saying no to everyone was hard.  But I really had to pull the reigns back in.  The next time I do go to a restaurant, I'm going to make sure that I'm paying much more attention to what I'm ordering, too, instead of eating what everyone else is eating.  You just can't do that and lose weight...unless you're eating a mouse-sized portion. 

Have to head back up to my sister's in Ellijay tomorrow afternoon, stay the night, and will be back Tuesday afternoon.  I did this last week and the eating went to hell both days.  I have to do this babysitting thing every Monday and Tuesday for the whole month of January if I don't find a job.  She'll probably ask me to do it for all of February, too, because I think that's how long her classes last.  Plus, once you say yes once, that's it.  You're trapped.  This time, however, I will be more prepared.  I didn't take any food with me last time, and I should have.  Her house is full of crap food, junk food, kid stuff, Cokes, etc.  You know what kills me about this?  She's 6' tall and weighs 155 lbs.  She's a perfect weight for her heighth.  You'd be hard-pressed to find any fat hanging off of her.  But she's the Queen of Discipline.  She knows what to eat to stay within 5 lbs of her ideal weight, and that's what she does.  Period.  Makes me sick, lol. 

Anyhoo, that was my weekend, and what I'll be up to for the next couple of days.  I'll do another post on Tuesday night when I'm back at home.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend filled with some healthy eating and dilligent exercise! :)


  1. Great job on the shred!...I keep hearing such intense things, I might have to look into myself since I'll be without a gym for 6 months starting mid-Feb.

  2. Glad to hear that you liked the DVD! It is a great workout :-)

  3. All this exercise talk is making me guilty! I've been doing pretty good on the eating, but have really slacked off on the exercise and it's gonna catch up on me. Back on the exercise tomorrow!

  4. HI!

    I've been reading your blog for a while, and just wanted to finally introduce myself..."HI! I"m Brittany!" lol ;)

    I'm so impressed with your workouts! WAY TO GO!! I love looking at your progress/starting weight pics when I come to your blog! It totally motivates me! GOOD JOB!! :0)


  5. Hey, Tammy, good job on the shred. That is the DVD I do the most. (I started w/TBL Powersculpt DVD). Good workout! So much cardio, eh?

    My thoughts on the weights are that doing the dumbbells w/the DVD will help tone/strengthen your arms. I think you will see results and especially in conjunction w/your gym workout. This is a good complement to your gym equipment, imo. Even using 5 lb dumbbells to start out. (unless that is too easy for you, then do the 10lb)
    How do you like the bicycle crunches at the end? :) And uh...all that jumping rope... whew! Chrissy

  6. good luck with the shredd. I hear ya on the girdle thing. I used the shorts like they use on Biggest Loser. Unfortunately they were a size 3x when I was close to 300 and now they just look like shorts, but they do still hold me in. I just haven't gotten into dvd exercising I guess I like the real thing with people working out with me.

  7. Ooh, congrats on starting Shred! It's really amazing how some workouts can work your body so effectively in such a short amount of time. I think that's something that's really key in exercising. Everyone's busy, so it can be tough to fit exercise in, or you may just not want to spend a ton of time doing it, so when you DO fit it in, it better be something that's effective. I'm glad that video is working well for you. :) And good job on resisting eating out! It is hard, but you will be very happy when you see that drop on the scale. Keep at it, Tammy!

  8. I purchased that DVD awhile back but have never tried it out...You've motivated me to try it tonight! sounds like a great workout

  9. I have to get back to 30-day shred. Back in April of 2009, I promised to do it every day and while I only lost 5 pounds for the month, I lost lots of inches!

    And I was crazy enough to do all three one after the other - 60 minutes!

    Planning your food is key - I always check the menu before heading out so that I don't even look at the menu, I already know what I am getting.

    Better luck this week - hugs!

  10. I have the Shred in my house, but I haven't opened it yet! I hear good things about it though.
    You'll be surprised how different free weights feel - doing a tricep exercise with a 10 pound free weight might be just right for you...it's much different than the machines.

  11. I will have to give that Jillian DVD a try! Right now I am using the biggest loser cardio dvd, and the 10 minutes I have with Jillian are HARD! The first time I did it, I was screaming at the tv "YOUR KILLING ME HERE!" as if she could hear me lol

  12. Hi Tammy. They say that the treadmill and elliptical aren't so good for you because you get too used to it - it's too predictable. So great that you've identified a few muscles that need some attention! I think constantly mixing things up is the best way to go.

    Hope things go well at your sister's.

    Bearfriend xx

  13. I might have to pick up a copy of Jillian's Shred. Sounds like a good workout, and you can't have too many of those.

    But please, be careful with the free weights. Going heavy is not really the best idea - especially for triceps. You should be fatiguing the muscles, not injuring them. Of course, I don't know how strong you are - you may need extra weight, but 20-30 pounds sounds excessive. Your workouts should be challenging but not painful. Just my two cents.

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  15. Hi Tammy! I have been reading your blog for a while, I am starting The Shred this evening, I got it for Christmas and am looking forward to my coming love/hate relationship with Ms. Michaels! I have an award for you on my blog too!